Six Ways to Improve your Postpartum Recovery
Wondering how to improve your postpartum recovery after your baby arrives?
Postpartum recovery usually refers to the first six weeks after giving childbirth. This is a time of huge emotions and adjustments. The joyous arrival of your newborn, transitioning to changes to your routine at home, and healing your body after giving birth.
Most mothers don’t return to work for at least six weeks after giving birth. You need this time to bond with your baby, establish a routine, and take care of yourself as your body heals. In this article, we’ll explore six different ways to improve your postpartum recovery.
Support your belly
It’s normal to feel abdominal pain for some time after childbirth as your uterus shrinks back to its normal size. This pain can feel dull or sharp, and sometimes breastfeeding can cause a chemical reaction in your body triggering more significant pain.
To combat this discomfort, we recommend purchasing a pregnancy belt like our award winning original belly band. Our belly bands help to relieve pain while supporting your tummy muscles, back, and pelvis, helping to improve your postpartum recovery.
Take your vitamins
Another simple way to help improve your postpartum recovery is to continue taking prenatal vitamins, especially while you’re breastfeeding. This will help to restore any nutrients you lost during pregnancy and support your body to heal.
You might also like to speak to your primary care giver who may recommend taking other supplements like iron and vitamin C as well.
Use ice and heat packs to relieve perineum pain
When it comes to improving your postpartum recovery, one of the major areas to cause women discomfort is the perineum. This is no surprise really, after all you just pushed out a baby!
The perineal area can be stretched, swollen and painful for a few days after birth, or even longer if you require stitches. In order to improve postpartum recovery, new mothers are encouraged to use ice and heat therapy as an effective natural solution to healing.
Our perineal tears reusable hot and cold gel pads have been designed to pop into your underwear, making it easier for new mothers to reduce swelling and provide some pain relief to the sensitive perineal area following childbirth. These are definitely one self-care maternity item to pop into your maternity bag!
Use ice and heat packs to relieve breast pain
Another area that may need some extra love and support after giving childbirth are your breasts. It’s very normal to have sore breasts and nipples while breastfeeding, and it’s usually an indication that the baby isn’t latching correctly. But you might also have sore and tender breasts due to blocked milk ducts or engorgement.
Breast pads are a much-welcomed natural solution used by new mothers to relieve discomfort associated with breastfeeding, blocked milk ducts, and engorgement. Breast pads can be used warm or placed in the freezer for some cool relief.
Use a peri bottle to keep everything clean
To improve your postpartum recovery, it’s important to keep your sensitive areas clean and hygienic to avoid infections. However, most women will find it difficult to touch or reach the perineal area after childbirth.
This is when the handheld peri-bottle becomes your best friend, making it easier to wash the perineal area thoroughly each time you use the bathroom. It also has a soothing effect and helps to reduce infection and speed up healing.
Reach out for support when you need it
As a new mother, you don’t have to do everything alone. Postpartum depression is very common after childbirth. In fact, 70-80% of new mothers struggle with feelings of sadness after coming home with their new baby.
These feelings are usually due to hormonal imbalances and should pass after a few weeks. However, if they don’t, speak to your primary caregiver and get support when you need it. Lean on family and friends for help during this time too. As the old saying goes, ‘it takes a village to raise a child!’
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This bundle includes our best selling 3-in-1 Original Belly Band, which can be used in pregnancy, postpartum and c-section recovery as well as four additional postpartum essential products to improve postpartum recovery.
This ideal gift for yourself or any soon to be mother in your life! The bundle includes; 3-in-1 Belly Band, Disposable Maternity Pants, Hot and Cold Perineal Healing Pack, Hot and Cold Breastfeeding Gel Pads and Peri-Bottle For After Childbirth